Familiarize yourself with any paperwork or guidelines given to you by your professors.
Be certain to introduce yourself to any T.A.s or professors as classes can be quite large and being recognizable to your teachers can pay off, if you need help or if you are being graded on class participation.
Sign up for any study groups for the courses you are taking. This will give you a networking group with whom you can contact if you miss a class or become confused.
Most schools offer free or low cost tutors. Get one before you fall behind. You can always stop a tutor if you get caught up or had a minor problem. If you wait to long they may not be able to catch you up.
Set a study time in your dorm room or apt. and let everyone know not to bother you.
Turn off all chat, social networking sites, cell phones and other distractions during your study time. Allow yourself breaks during this time so you don't become stressed or bored.
Make sure you get ample sleep the night before quizzes and tests. People score so much better rested.
Don't overload your course schedule with more then you can handle. Your GPA is important, don't come in lower then you have to just because you try to rush through your college years.
Remember this is not high school, no one feels like it is their responsibility to help you get things done, show up for class, turn assignments in on time or call your parents if you aren't doing so well. You and only you are responsible for making your grades.
Finally let yourself enjoy learning. Absorb and relish everything that being a college student has to offer.
Source: life experience
By paula from Mid Missouri
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